Filmed over five months of intense coexistence with the subjects, Let it Burn is an ethnographic feature film presenting with great sensitivity, poetry, and honesty the life of crack users residing in an apartment building of temporary social housing in São Paulo, Brazil. A camera drifting through the hallways, rooms, elevators and stairs of this building captures deeply real characters engaged in a hallucinated quest for bonding who fight passionately for their lives and their humanity.
Interview with filmmaker Maíra Bühler
A wonderful film full of tenderness, violence, and love, which skillfully dodges the alienation of the crack-using subjects by creating an intimate vision of their reality.
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Maíra Bühler is a Brazilian screenwriter and director. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from USP (São Paulo, 2000) and a Master’s Degree in Anthropology from USP (São Paulo, 2004). She co-directed the documentary features Elevado 3.5(2007), best film at It’s All True Festival, 2007; She Dreamed That I Died (2011), best director at Paulínia (2011) and Viña Del Mar (2012) Festivals; and I Touched All Your Stuff (2014), premiere at FIDMarseille 2014 and winner of the critics’ award (CineCeará, 2014), best film award (Festival Santa Maria da Feira, Portugal) and best editing (Rio IFF, 2014). Maíra is currently launching Let It Burn, her first solo directed feature.